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#1376 rkelley8493

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 11:03 PM

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#1377 bosh60

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 07:34 AM

New EdgeHD 8, have not been out under the skies yet. 

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#1378 dmdouglass

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 11:32 AM

Beautiful Edge there...

And a fantastic mount and "pier like" tripod.

But....   what is that white stuff i see through the window ??  :)


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#1379 Pelayo

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 03:24 PM

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Chilling!


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#1380 MalVeauX

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 03:17 PM

C8 Edge HD doing some binoviewing in hdyrogen alpha!

 

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Also imaged, here's the results:

 

https://www.cloudyni...march-7th-2019/

 

Very best,


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#1381 Matt78

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:03 PM

Well actually I have. Three nights ago I broke the Celestar8. I carried it out from the garage 10 feet and when I put it down, just for a second to walk around it BOOM! bawling.gif Sounded like a gunshot. One of the legs had swung back inward just enough and down it went....fast. Luckily I have another C8 for backup. 

 

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I have nightmares like that picture...



#1382 Matt78

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:40 PM

My baby, a Nexstar 5SE:
 
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We made her a custom glitter vinyl on our Cricut (computerized cutting machine):
 
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I'm a big fan of naming things that are important to you. I won't go as far as saying that it gives them a soul or anything, but I think if something has a name it sort of makes you treat it with a little more respect.  I also though it would maybe engage my 7 year old daughter with it a little more (the presence of glitter never hurts there). It was either Astra or Celeste, although we briefly considered Clara (Latin for "clear," never a bad thing in astronomy). I suppose if we ever get my old 8" Dob back from the dead, we'll have to name it "Big Nellie" or something. 


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#1383 Stargazer3236

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:10 AM

8" is not big, but a 16" is BIG!



#1384 Stargazer3236

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:12 AM

I have nightmares like that picture...

Too bad Celestron does not provide extra corrector plates for broken ones for repair. However, I believe the the Primary, secondary mirrors and corrector plates are a matched set.


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#1385 Djt

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:18 AM

OK, its not a Cat, but it needs somewhere to go as, quite frankly, its a thing of beauty.

 

CFF RC250mm F7, arrived last week and now ready to go provided the clouds disappear. Initial test shots last week after shipping indicate its all good. Survived shipment from Poland to Australia with barely a tweak needed for collimation which it will get when I get some decent seeing.

 

 

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#1386 Stargazer3236

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 08:56 AM

OK, its not a Cat, but it needs somewhere to go as, quite frankly, its a thing of beauty.

 

CFF RC250mm F7, arrived last week and now ready to go provided the clouds disappear. Initial test shots last week after shipping indicate its all good. Survived shipment from Poland to Australia with barely a tweak needed for collimation which it will get when I get some decent seeing.

I'm calling the content cops! Shame on you, posting a non-cat image (J/K!)


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#1387 Kunama

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:51 PM

OK, its not a Cat, but it needs somewhere to go as, quite frankly, its a thing of beauty.

 

CFF RC250mm F7, arrived last week and now ready to go provided the clouds disappear. Initial test shots last week after shipping indicate its all good. Survived shipment from Poland to Australia with barely a tweak needed for collimation which it will get when I get some decent seeing.

David, congratulations on a beautiful CFF.  I have been looking at them for a while, particularly the 250mm F15, F20 for visual of planets.....

The build strength and quality of the CFFs is impressive to say the least, when a friend's CFF140F7.5 slipped out of the mount and hit the dirt, only the dew shield was bent a bit, collimation remained perfect.

I simply pressed the dew shield back to round and it was as new. 



#1388 MalVeauX

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 03:33 PM

After reading what others have done, I picked up some Reflectix from Lowes (hardware store) and started making coats/sleaves for everything. Not just for at night, but 90% of my time is doing day time astronomy/AP, so this stuff will be very handy. I wrapped my C8 Edge HD in it and used velcro tape to make it simple to put on and off. Fit right through the space between the dovetail and OTA, nice! Made a shield that also attaches via velcro to cover my mount head & weights too, to help reduce heat build up and pluming during the hot summer days here in Florida (puts heat from the surface straight into my OTA!).

 

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Here's some of what I imaged the past two days with the C8 Edge during the day:

 

https://www.cloudyni...arch-12th-2019/

 

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Very best,


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#1389 Stargazer3236

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:17 PM

What does Reflectix actually do?



#1390 MalVeauX

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:51 PM

What does Reflectix actually do?

Well, the idea and conventional wisdom at least from this SCT forum is that it is a radiative heat barrier that slows the thermal exchange. Many folk claiming it helped a lot with thermal acclimation and that they didn't need to wait as long. For me, well, I'm out in the exposed direct Florida sun. Anything to reflect the heat off my stuff is a welcome thing. At night, well, I'm not sure yet! It may not matter in my climate. Maybe it's more important at night for those in colder climates? But for me, during the day, with my scope pointed at the sun and my mount heat exposed to the sun, anything to help keep heat from building up from the external (sun) source is my goal. I used to just wrap it in a windshield insulator thing.

 

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#1391 Jaimo!

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:05 PM

Let's keep this on topic, there are a myriad of other Reflectix posts. 

 

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#1392 Tyson M

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:31 PM

My SW 180 mak, with 40XL, moonlite on an AVX mount.  I was aiming it to the east. 

 

Conditions are never favorable for me to look over in that direction. I stick to South, East and North typically.

 

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#1393 rkelley8493

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

Added a new finder scope! Stellarvue 13x80

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 01:10 PM

14" Meade Advanced RC (Pre-ACF)

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#1395 Mike G.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 02:24 PM

my 90's era C8 on my pier with a CG5-ASGT underneath.  puts up amazing images.  a few hours before this pic was taken I had the best view I have ever had of the dust lanes in M82.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

My Pico-8

 

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 03:47 PM

I would name it “Chubbs”.


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#1398 rkelley8493

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 09:40 PM

I would name it “Chubbs”.

Haha lol.gif  I named my ETX-125 "Meaghan" [sounds like Meade] and my LX90-10 "Meghan" [as in Mega, the mega version of the ETX].


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Posted 26 March 2019 - 03:12 PM

Doing some bird watching on a chilly March morning, from the warmth of my back room of course. This scope has made me a fan of the cassegrain design. At 3 lbs it punches above its weight class.

 

In the spring in my city woodpeckers drill on chimney raincaps with their beaks. Not sure if it's a mating display but it's annoying as heck. I thought I had a pinging in my water heater until I spotted the culprit doing same to someone else.

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 10:38 PM

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